[ awr-free ]
/ ˈɔr fri /
noun, plural or·phreys.
an ornamental band or border, especially on an ecclesiastical vestment.
rich embroidery of any sort.
a piece of richly embroidered material.
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Also or·fray [awr-frey, -free] /ˈɔr freɪ, -fri/.
Origin of orphrey
1300–50; Middle English orfreis (later construed as plural) < Old French < Medieval Latin aurifrisium, variant of aurifrigium, for Latin phrase aurum Phrygium gold embroidery, literally, Phrygian gold
OTHER WORDS FROM orphreyor·phreyed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for orfray (1 of 2)
/ (ˈɔːfrɪ) /
a less common spelling of orphrey
British Dictionary definitions for orfray (2 of 2)
less commonly orfray
/ (ˈɔːfrɪ) /
a richly embroidered band or border, esp on an ecclesiastical vestment
Word Origin for orphrey
C13 orfreis, from Old French, from Late Latin aurifrisium, auriphrygium, from Latin aurum gold + Phrygius Phrygian
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